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The Grand Loop: Tracing Yellowstone's History

Program Number: 1648RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/4/2013 - 8/10/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Mammoth Hot Spring, Wyoming
Price starting at: $1,579.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; On the Road
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Early tales of a thundering, steaming land were met with disbelief and scorn; later adventurers sorted fable from fact and, in 1872, President Grant signed a law declaring Yellowstone “a public park.” To provide easier visitor access to the park’s many wonders, the Army Corps of Engineers began a “Figure 8” wagon trail in 1883. Retrace this “Grand Loop” to examine its history and recapture the atmosphere of days gone by.




Highlights

• Relive the historic Grand Loop Tour just as earlier park visitors did in days gone by.
• Study early travel diaries, enjoy a boat excursion and an old-time wagon ride.
• Discuss predator and prey, thermal basin geology, and ecology of fire and life in the hot springs for insight into the mystery of the Great Caldera.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day. Elevations of 6,000-8,800.




Date Specific Information

8-4-2013

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Mammoth Hot Springs, 2 nights; coach to Old Faithful, 1 night; coach to Lake Station, 1 night; coach to Mammoth Hot Springs, 2 nights; departure.



Coordinated by University of Montana Western.




Old Faithful

America’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful is located in Yellowstone National Park and is known for the reliability of its eruptions. It was named in 1871 by the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition party. The Old Faithful Historic District within Yellowstone includes the geyser and the Old Faithful Inn, a rustic resort that opened in 1904.



Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)

Yellowstone is the world's first national park, established in 1872, and is famous for its geysers and thermal features as well as its plentiful and diverse flora and fauna. There is also considerable human history within the park, from the early explorers and settlers to the historic park lodges.



Mammoth Hot Spring

One of Yellowstone National Park's amazing geothermal areas, these springs feature multiple warm pools, which extend over a large region of terraced hillsides. Algae flourishing in the pools turn the indigenous limestone rock into a rainbow of colors.



Accommodations
Historic hotels and inn.
Meals and Lodgings
   Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
  Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY 2 nights
   Old Faithful Inn
  Old Faithful 1 night
   Lake Hotel
  Yellowstone Lake 1 night
   Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
  Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY 2 nights
 Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located near Mammoth Terraces, Fort Yellowstone & Albright Visitor Center. Meals served at Park dining rooms or restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.
  Contact info: One Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-5357
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com
  Room amenities: Warm, comfortable rooms with historic ambiance; here is where early day tourists began their "Grand Loop Tour". Watch for elk who call the Mammoth area home.
  Facility amenities: Located in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Ample parking. Within walking distance of Albright Visitor Center/Museum/bookstore, Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Terraces, ATM, lounge, general store, dining room, quick-service restaurant, clinic, expresso service, gift shop, a service station and corrals with guided trail rides. Internet service is available for purchase in the Lounge and Restaurant.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: private bath contains either bathtub or shower.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: varies Seasonal rates; call (307) 344-5357 for information.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: varies Seasonal rates; call (307) 344-5357 for information.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM

 Old Faithful Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Old Faithful Inn is a massive log hotel within viewing distance of Old Faithful Geyser. Centered around the 500 ton fireplace, the magnificent lobby sports raw pine ceilings 76 1/2 feet high. The Inn, a masterpiece of rustic architecture, is one of the few remaining log hotels in the U.S. Meals served at Park dining rooms or restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.
  Contact info: 1 Grand Loop Rd.
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-545-4600
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com
  Room amenities: As a national historic landmark, Old Faithful Inn offers warm and comfortable rooms that reflect a delightful ambiance. This site is the most requested lodging facility in the Park.
  Facility amenities: coffee in lobby; porter service available
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Lake Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Known as the "Grand Lady of the Lake" with its gables and Ionic columns, Lake Hotel overlooks Yellowstone Lake. Relaxation in spacious, glassed-in Great Room offers grand view of beautiful Yellowstone Lake. Meals served at hotel restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.
  Contact info: Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-2107
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com
  Room amenities: Lake Hotel rooms are historically decorated while the Lake Hotel Annex (directly adjacent to Hotel) offers modern furnishings.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and lounge on site. Safe available. Modem capability.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4-5 pm for registration at hotel. You will be staying at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast; airport shuttle departs at 8 am. You will be staying at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. You will be responsible for your entry into Yellowstone National Park and the Mammoth Hot Spring Hotel where your program begins. If you want to get a pass before you come you may purchase one at any National Park, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service site that charges an entrance or standard amenity fee. Those over 62 can get a Lifetime Senior Pass for $10 at these same sites. You may also obtain your pass by mail, for an additional fee. Please check the web site for more specific information http://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm (under Senior Pass, click on application form to print and mail the application). You may also purchase a Lifetime Senior, Annual, or 7 day pass when entering the park. Please see http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm for more details.
  Parking availability:
Free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY
  Nearest city or town:  Gardiner, MT
  Nearest highway: HWY 89
  Nearest airport:  Gallatin Field in Bozeman, MT
  From End of Program
  Location: Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Bozeman, MT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greater Valley Taxi
phone: 406-388-7938
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Group rate is approximately $68; call for current rate.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Allow 2 1/2 hours. 

   

Reservations must be made at least three days in advance; call (406) 388-7938 for rates and reservations. Group shuttle departs airport at 1:30 pm. In order to take advantage of the group shuttle rate, your flight must arrive before 1 pm on Sunday and depart after 11:00 am on Saturday. Arriving in Bozeman a day early or staying an extra day may be more economical than booking individual transportation.

 

Bozeman, MT

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greater Valley Taxi
phone: 406-388-7938
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Group rate is approximately $68; call for current rate.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Allow 2 1/2 hours. 

   

Return shuttle must be arranged at least three days in advance; call (406) 388-7938. Group shuttle departs site at 8:00 am. Outside of the above scheduled times, individual transportation (not at group rate) can be reserved through Greater Valley Taxi (406) 388-7938 or Karst Stage (406) 556-3540 (72 hours notice required). Car rental and drop-off are available at the Bozeman airport; drop-off is not available in Yellowstone National Park or Gardiner.

 
Driving Directions
  Billings, MT Drive west 116 miles on I-90 to Livingston. Turn south here at exit 333 on to HWY 89. Travel south along the Yellowstone River for 53 miles through the Paradise Valley to Gardiner, MT, northwest entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Drive under Roosevelt Arch to Park entrance, then continue south, 5 miles, along the Gardiner River and up the mountainous, two lane highway to Mammoth Hot Springs and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
  Butte, MT Travel east 108 miles on I-90 to Livingston. Turn south here at exit 333 on to HWY 89. Travel south along the Yellowstone River for 53 miles through the Paradise Valley to Gardiner, MT, northwest entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Drive under Roosevelt Arch to Park entrance, then continue south, 5 miles, along the Gardiner River and up the mountainous, two lane highway to Mammoth Hot Springs and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
  Idaho Falls, ID Turn east off of I-15 onto State HWY 20; travel northeast 95 miles to West Yellowstone, MT. Enter the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, drive 14 miles to Madison Junction, then north 14 miles to Norris Junction. Continue north 21 miles to Mammoth Hot Springs.
  Livingston, MT Exit I-90 on to HWY 89; travel south along the Yellowstone River for 53 miles through the Paradise Valley to Gardiner, MT, northwest entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Drive under Roosevelt Arch to Park entrance, then continue south, 5 miles, along the Gardiner River and up the mountainous, two lane highway to Mammoth Hot Springs and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
Elevation Note: Site is 6,239'. Activities take place at elevations up to 8,800'.

Equipment Requirements: WATER bottle and fanny or day pack to carry water, camera, personal items.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome Dinner, Orientation and Introductions. Prepare for the adventure when, like sightseers and learners of yesterday, you'll board your coach at the grand hotels for days among the splendor of Yellowstone.
(Sunday, August 4)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in from 4-5 pm in Map Room
 Dinner: Dinner served at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room
 Evening: Welcome, Introductions and Orientation in Conference Room
   
Accommodations: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Exploration begins at Fort Yellowstone and the Albright Visitor Center. Travel to Roosevelt National Historic District for a stagecoach ride.
(Monday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room.
 Morning: Natural History of Yellowstone National Park includes a Fort Yellowstone walk and stagecoach ride. Conditions may allow for exploration at the Mammoth Cemetery. Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 and immediately came under threat of exploitation by poachers, souvenir hunters and developers. Civilian superintendents suffered from inexperience, lack of funds and manpower. After fourteen years, the US Army was called on for help and the Cavalry was sent in to protect Yellowstone's resources and visitors. The year was 1886. After troops suffered through five harsh winters in a temporary camp and the realization dawned that no end was in sight, a guard house was built in 1891 to support the Cavalry's mission of protection and management. Clapboard buildings were built in 1891 with more added in 1897. 1909 saw stone buildings built as the fort's capacity grew to 400 men/four troops. The National Park Service was established in 1916 and the Cavalry gave control of Yellowstone back to the civilians; their duty concluded completely in 1918. Fort Yellowstone became the administrative center for the Park. Journey east to the Roosevelt area via Undine Falls to appreciate historic Roosevelt Lodge which had an important role in early park interpretation. Built in 1920 and nominated for the National Register of Historic Places, it is located within the Roosevelt National Historic District. For a taste of how intrepid adventurers from days gone by experienced the joys of the world's first national park, load up for adventure and a stagecoach ride in the Roosevelt area.
 Lunch: Lunch served at hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit the Albright Visitor Center and Museum, built by the US cavalry during "Fort Yellowstone" times, which includes history-themed exhibits-Native Americans, mountain men, early exploration, Army days and early National Park Service. Also included: predator-prey themed exhibit, Moran Gallery (reproductions of Thomas Moran watercolors), Jackson Gallery (original William Henry Jackson photographs and 1871 Hayden Survey photographs), theater, information desk and Yellowstone Association sales area (good selection of Yellowstone-related books, also prints, notecards, games, films, photographs, maps, etc.)
 Dinner: Dinner served at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room.
 Evening: Evening presentation: "On the Grand Tour"
   
Accommodations: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: From Mammoth to the Old Faithful Geyser Basin and its hot springs, fumaroles, geysers and mudpots.
(Tuesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room.
 Morning: Mammoth Hotel check out. Travel to Old Faithful via the Golden Gate, Swan Lake Flats, Obsidian Cliff and Norris Geyser Basin; walking exploration at Norris, Yellowstone's oldest, hottest and most active thermal area. The basin is situated at the intersection of three major fault lines; evidence shows that thermal features have existed here for the last 115,000 years. A scientific drill hole at Norris registered the highest temperature ever recorded in Yellowstone at 459 degrees F. Walk a portion of either the Porcelain or Back Basin Trail.
 Lunch: Picnic in the Park, sack lunches.
 Afternoon: Travel continues toward Old Faithful via Gibbon Falls and Madison Junction to the Firehole River and Lower Geyser Basin. Exploration may include a walk at Fountain Paint Pot. Check in at Old Faithful Inn, designed by Robert Reamer and built of local stone and logs during the winter of 1903-04. This treasure is now a National Historic Landmark and one of the few remaining log hotels in the country.
 Dinner: Dinner at Old Faithful Inn Dining Room.
 Evening: Free evening or optional activity which may be a walk in the geyser basin or ranger presentation.
   
Accommodations: Old Faithful Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: From Old Faithful to Yellowstone Lake via West Thumb Geyser Basin.
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Old Faithful Inn Dining Room.
 Morning: Old Faithful Inn check out. Old Faithful Inn tour with historian/author. Learn more about the Inn's fascinating construction history as you explore unusual nooks and crannies. Geyser Hill walk includes some uphill/downhill on asphalt path, boardwalk and stairs.
 Lunch: Lunch at Old Faithful Inn dining room.
 Afternoon: Depart for Yellowstone Lake via Craig Pass and West Thumb Geyser Basin. West Thumb is the largest geyser basin on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. It is speculated that its heat source is only 10,000 feet down! Thermal features here extend under the surface of the lake as well as along the shore; several underwater geysers were discovered in the early 1990s. Check in at stately Lake Hotel, the "Grand Lady of the Lake." Architect Robert Reamer engineered its renovation in 1903, adding false balconies, ionic columns and extending the roof. The Hotel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, its centennial year.
 Dinner: Dinner at Lake Hotel Dining Room.
 Evening: Here's an opportunity to enjoy the hotel's spacious, glassed-in Sun Room with comfortable seating from which to enjoy the grand view of beautiful Yellowstone Lake, music and conversation or...time for a leisurely stroll about the historic hotel grounds.
   
Accommodations: Lake Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: From beautiful Yellowstone Lake to Mammoth via Hayden Valley and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Lake Hotel Dining Room
 Morning: Lake Hotel check out. All aboard for interpreted, morning boat ride on Yellowstone Lake, then board your coach for adventure north along the mighty Yellowstone River into the grand expanse of Hayden Valley's wildlife rich habitat. Enjoy wildlife and photo stops.
 Lunch: Sack lunches near Canyon.
 Afternoon: Appreciate time at the new Canyon Visitor Education Center that focuses on Yellowstone's supervolcano. Walk canyon trails to experience riparian habitat, the Upper Fall's roaring, 109' plunge and Lower Fall's classically spectacular 308' sweep into the depths of a grand canyon whose beautifully tinted walls resulted from hot waters action on volcanic rock. Consider an expanse of space and beauty that one can only begin to imagine.
 Dinner: Dinner served at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room.
 Evening: Free evening or optional presentation.
   
Accommodations: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Interpretation at the Mammoth Terraces for a landscape turned "inside out." Afternoon walk in the Tower, Lamar or Mammoth area.
(Friday, August 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
 Morning: Mammoth Terrace walk includes boardwalk, path and several hundred stair steps downhill to view a landscape turned inside out. Here, hot, mineral-laden water percolates up, over and across the surface to continue sculpting beautiful travertine terraces.
 Lunch: Lunch at Mammoth Hot Springs or picnic lunches in the Park.
 Afternoon: Depending on weather, road conditions, wildlife dispersion, etc., afternoon activities include walking exploration at either the Tower, Mammoth or Lamar Valley areas. Natural history presentation.
 Dinner: Dinner at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room.
 Evening: Closing, Reflections and Goodbyes.
   
Accommodations: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Farewell breakfast at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and goodbyes.
(Saturday, August 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Mammoth Hot Springs
 Morning: shuttle departs after breakfast
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY Yellowstone Association
Founded in 1933 to assist with educational, historical and scientific programs that would benefit Yellowstone National Park and its visitors. Operates book sale outlets in park visitor centers which support expanded naturalist training and programs, finances publication of trail guides, books and pamphlets about the Park, helps with funding for museum exhibits and research equipment. The Yellowstone Association Institute sponsors outdoor courses for all age groups, some of which are especially designed for women, families and children. The Institute's purpose is to explore, understand and appreciate Yellowstone. For additional information, visit www.yellowstoneassociation.org
  Yellowstone National Park
Official web site for Yellowstone National Park provides information to the visitor. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/yell
  Yellowstone National Park concessionaire
For a closer look at Yellowstone and to find out what's available in the Park-horseback riding, ranger-led activities, wildlife excursions and any other park activities. Xanterra Parks and Resorts is Yellowstone's principal concessioner and includes operations of park's lodging facilities, some campgrounds, restaurants, gift shops, interpretive tours, etc. For additional information, visit www.TravelYellowstone.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park


Author: Peter Nabokov and Lawrence Loendorf


Description: This first comprehensive account of Indians in and around Yellowstone corrects more than a century of ignorance. Detailed here is Yellowstone's native peoples and their story of a long engagement with a remarkable landscape.



Yellowstone and the Great West: Journals, Letters and Images from the 1871 Hayden Expedition


Author: Marlene Deahl Merril, editor


Description: Daily record of Ferdinand Hayden's historic 1871 scientific expedition to the Yellowstone basin. This expedition's findings influenced Congress to establish Yellowstone as the world's first national park. The expedition made many scientific discoveries as well as producing the earliest on-site images of Yellowstone by photographer, William Henry Jackson, and guest artist, Thomas Moran.



To Save the Wild Bison: Life on the Edge in Yellowstone


Author: Mary Ann Franke


Description: The author brings clarity and revelation to one of Yellowstone's most complex struggles by tracing the history of bison and humans into the 19th century and further into the national parks era. Here's discussion of bison management and park policy - the battle over brucellosis, snowmobiles and groomed winter roads, desires of Native Americans, bison and predators.



Yellowstone Place Names, 2nd edition


Author: Lee Whittlesey


Description: Yellowstone National Park Historian's well-researched and entertaining reference source for information on many of Yellowstone's place names and their origins.



After the Fires: The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park


Author: Linda Wallace, Editor


Description: The ravaging fires of 1988 caused many scientists to predict long-term devastation which did not come to pass. This scientific summary by wildlife biologists, ecosystem and forest scientists and landscape ecologists discusses the many things that changed and did not change in the Yellowstone area. Realize the role of fire in the ecosystem and the resiliency of nature.



Mountain Spirit: The Sheep Eater Indians of Yellowstone


Author: Lawrence Loendorf and Nancy Medaris Stone


Description: Drawing on the results of ongoing archaeological excavations and extensive ethnographic work among descendant native peoples, the authors discuss the many Indian groups, in particular the Tukudika Shoshone, who visited or lived in the Yellowstone area in prehistoric and historic times. The Tukudika or Sheep Eaters made skillful use of their environment and maintained an abundant way of life closely related to their primary source of protein, the mountain sheep of high-altitude Yellowstone.



Letters from Yellowstone


Author: Diane Smith


Description: Through correspondence - detailed letters and telegrams - follow an 1898 scientific expedition whose purpose is to collect flora unique to Yellowstone National Park. Learn of the park's early history, trials of pioneer scientists and the engrossing and often funny story of Cornell medical student and amateur botanist, Alexandria Bartram, who emerges as a brave leader and serious scientist. Delightful fiction.



Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country


Author: William Fritz & Robert Thomas


Description: Updated, classic roadside geology book for the Yellowstone Region explains current geological theories.



Decade of the Wolf, revised and updated edition: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone


Author: Douglas W. Smith and Gary Ferguson


Description: Research and storytelling meld to document wolf recovery in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Wolf biologist, Smith, and nature writer, Ferguson, provide an inside look at the Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project ten years after the controversial decision was made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to reintroduce wolves into the park. Smith, wolf project leader who has worked with the Yellowstone Wolf Project since its inception, has studied wolves for 25 years. Ferguson, whose writing largely arises from intimate experiences, followed through the seasons, the first 14 wolves released into Yellowstone National Park. Their collaboration offers hard facts and 'impressionistic portraits of individual wolves that reveal their epic lives full of struggle and conquest.' Here is the history of the return of the top predator to Yellowstone.



Old Faithful Inn: Crown Jewel of National Park Lodges


Author: Karen Reinhart and Jeff Henry


Description: Thoroughly researched and complete history of Old Faithful Inn, complete with stunning photography.



National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Western Region


Author: Richard Spellenberg


Description: This revised edition presents more than 940 full-color images showing western North American wildflowers in their natural habitats. The guide sports a waterproof, washable cover meant to be thrown into a pack and has a checklist/lifelist for those who like to keep track of identifications. The book is a good learning tool as its entries are color and shape sorted so that one may appreciate floral characteristics other than color. The identifier may compare flowers grown in the west to those grown in other areas of the country.



Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness


Author: Paul Schullery


Description: Eloquent, elegant, truthful and practical - an environmental history of America's best idea, Yellowstone.





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